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Good Causes

Girls Give Up Sweets for a Cause The Lion’s Heart Laguna Beach chapter seems not yet prepared to sort candy collected for troops overseas. With the help of local schools including Anneliese’s, St. Catherine’s and El Morro, as well as the Laguna Beach Library,...

Glennwood’s Countdown to Christmas

Carter Bak makes an impressive Santa.  Especially when he starts ripping off his fake white beard, pulling the pillow out from behind the silver-buckled big black belt and shouting “Ho, ho, ho.” This is Bak’s first Christmas at Laguna Beach’s Glennwood House, a complex of...

A Home That Offers More Than Shelter

By Christine Carpenter, Special to the Independent Carissa Scivers, already 21, counts down the days until she can live independently. For her, the excitement of packing up belongings and saying goodbyes to her family will mark the real beginning of adulthood. Her rite of passage...

Community Grants Make a Difference

Parents of some developmentally disabled young adults may have one less worry as their loved ones finally leave the nest for semi-independent living at the newly renovated Glennwood House of Laguna Beach.  As a first-time recipient of a community assistance grant, Glennwood...

Glennwood Sets Out to Meet Its Neighbors

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   New electrical wiring – complicated, intricate, and functionally crucial – now runs through the walls of every room in Glennwood House, leading back to the director’s office. Though outwardly the residential facility for developmentally disabled...

Walkin’ and Rollin’ to Completion

Glennwood House expects to finally break ground next month, remaking a senior housing facility into one for 50 young adults with developmental disabilities. Next week, the organization holds a fundraiser to assist with its completion early next year. During the Roll-A-Thon on...

Community Datebook

Christmas Bulbs Go to Market   The Friends of the Hortense Miller Garden will be at the Farmers Market in Laguna Beach this Saturday, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon to sell bulbs, plants and planted arrangements.   The Friends offer large bulbs in an array of colors. ...

Glennwood Begins Capital Fund

The Glennwood House established a fund at the Laguna Beach Community Foundation to assist with its $3.4 million capital campaign to refurbish housing for up to 50 young adults, aged 18-45, who have developmental disabilities. The Glennwood House Foundation purchased a former...

Special-Needs Rocker Back in the Spotlight

Scott Siegel, the autistic songwriter and vocalist who leads the Arrest My Sister alternative rock band, is among 11 honorees at the first Genius in Autism Awards, scheduled at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Jan. 10. Siegel’s parents, Laguna Beach residents Leeni and Michael, as...

“The Little Engine That Could” Gains Ground

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy The easy part was scrambling for two years to buy a deserted retirement home at Ruby Street and S. Coast Highway. The hard part now is making the rent. The property and building with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean were purchased for $6.5 million as...